The American Automobile Industry

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The American Auto Industry has flourished ever since it’s uprising in the early 1900s. “Although the blueprint for the modern automobile was perfected in Germany and France in the late 1800s, Americans dominated the industry in the first half of the twentieth century. Henry Ford innovated mass-production techniques that became standard, with Ford, General Motors and Chrysler emerging as the “Big Three” auto companies by the 1920s (Foner & Garraty 1991).” But this industry has always been one of the leading industries for environmental issues and hazards around the world, especially in the United States. Many of the issues in this industry include: global competition, new technology for powering the product, the effects of emission on the environment and the government’s response, as well as consumer opinions about the product.
Much like any industry, the American automobile industry is subject to global competition. As stated earlier, the automobile was first perfected in Germany and France. In 1995, the United States and Japan made a trade agreement that provided more dealer outlets and allowed easier replacement part selling in each other’s countries (Nauss 1995). This makes auto parts and auto-replacement parts for Japanese cars easier to access in the United States and vice versa. Not only does this provide for more US jobs, but it also provides for more Japanese jobs in the auto industry (Nauss 1995)! But furthermore, it increases the global competition. “Japanese

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